Games for May – full list of events in Victoria Park in May

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A Walking Talking Tour of Victoria Park -Sunday 3 May, 3pm Meeting point: London Bridge Alcoves, Victoria Park, E9 5DU

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‘Beginning at the London Bridge Alcoves – a fragment of the London’s transport network repurposed as ornamental benches for Victoria Park – Travis Elborough leads a walking tour exploring the social histories of the park’s playing fields. Guest speakers include the poet Tim Wells, Elizabeth Wilson, author of Love Game: A History of Tennis (Serpent’s Tail, 2014); Clive Bettington, Chair of the Jewish East End Celebration Society; and Trenton Oldfield, activist and co-founder of This is Not a Gateway, a not-for-profit organisation that creates platforms for critical investigations into cities.’

The walk is free but to reserve a place click here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/travis-elborough-offsite-a-tour-of-victoria-parks-leisure-clubs-tickets-16317803

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How We Used to Live special New York preview screening – Sunday 19th April 3pm NYU Room 674, 721 Broadway at Waverley Place

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‘HOW WE USED TO LIVE begins in 1950, one year before the Festival of Britain, with the emergence of the National Health Service, the Welfare System, a new language of the commons. It ends in 1980 with Margaret Thatcher’s bellicose model of Two Nation Toryism in the ascendant. A tender ode to postwar London, a bittersweet memory waltz, an affectionate trawl through little-known footage owned by the British Film Institute, this marriage of city symphony and archive film is also a protest movie that offers a vision of the metropolis far from that of the plutocratic present. “We had a very good Socialist model in this country,” says Kelly. “And it’s being dismantled for no good reason.”

HOW WE USED TO LIVE is narrated by Ian McShane (Deadwood), directed by Paul Kelly (Lawrence Of Belgravia, Take Three Girls), written by Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne) and Travis Elborough. The original score was composed by Pete Wiggs (Saint Etienne).

TRAVIS ELBOROUGH is the author of The Bus We Loved: London’s Affair With The Routemaster (2005), The Long Player Goodbye (2008), Wish You Were Here – England On Sea (2010), and London Bridge In America: The Tall Story of a Transatlantic Crossing (2013). He writes for many publications including The Guardian, The Observer and Kinfolk. He is currently the Chisenhale Gallery Victoria Park Residency artist.

Copies of the Colloquium’s limited-edition 2013 publication NOTHING’S TOO GOOD FOR THE COMMON PEOPLE: THE FILMS OF PAUL KELLY will be available for purchase after the screening. (“Everything about this publication is great – the look, the layout, the writing” – Stephen Pastel)

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Vinyl Countdown talk – 2pm Sat 11 April, Fred Perry shop, 9 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8PW- free

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Postcards from Victoria Park: At the London Bridge Alcoves – piece

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‘The symmetry feels important somehow, symbolic even. That there are two alcoves from the Old London Bridge in the far north eastern end of Victoria Park encourages me to indulge in the fantasy that they are actually keeping each other company. Here they sit, these former aged retainers from the City’s founding river crossing, now enjoying a lazy retirement in the closest thing London has to the countryside.’

Read on here:

http://chisenhale.org.uk/offsite/offsite_event.php?id=30

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The Idler Questionnaire

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Link to my interview with The Idler here: http://idler.co.uk/article/the-idler-questionnaire-travis-elborough/

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A London Year

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A lovely review of A London Year from Andre at the Riverside Bookshop

Originally posted on The Riverside Way:

Paperback now available – £12.99

A LONDON YEAR365 Days of City Life in Diaries, Journals and Letters – compiled by Travis Elborough & Nick Rennison

“With Thelma to the George Inn, Southwark, for a lunch of steak-and-kidney pie, cherry pie and beer. Expected hordes of American tourists but found only English, including three young men with posh accents who went through a repertoire of advert slogans, radio catchphrases and anecdotes about cricket, bloodsports and motors, even calling beer ‘ale’.” – Peter Nichols, Diary, 16 June, 1971

Part of the pleasure of this anthology of diary entries (one or more for each day of the year) is discovering the familiar from a distance. So for Southwark residents like us, there’s playwright Peter Nichols on a certain type of tourist in Borough High Street 44 years ago. Or how about the Quaker merchant Peter Briggins on the retail opportunities of the frozen Thames during…

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